North Korea fires a long-range missile ahead of Yoon’s trip to Japan


North Korea fired a long-range ballistic missile early Thursday, officers in Japan and South Korea mentioned, on the identical day that leaders from these two international locations will meet in Japan for the primary such summit in 12 years.

A minimum of one unidentified ballistic missile was launched into waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula early Thursday morning native time, in response to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Workers.

Japan’s Ministry of Protection additionally confirmed a launch and estimated the missile would land outdoors of its Unique Financial Zone (EEZ) about 550 kilometers (341 miles) east of the Korean Peninsula.

The South Korean navy maintained a full readiness posture whereas working intently with the US, the JCS mentioned.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol will arrive in Japan on Thursday for a summit his workplace has described as an “necessary milestone” within the improvement of bilateral ties.